Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Indian nuclear scientists for achieving criticality of Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant (KAPP)-3. The plant is located in Vyara on the banks of River Tapti and is about 80 kilometres from Surat.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said that the indigenously designed reactor is an example of “Make in India”.
Congratulations to our nuclear scientists for achieving criticality of Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant-3! This indigenously designed 700 MWe KAPP-3 reactor is a shining example of Make in India. And a trailblazer for many such future achievements!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2020
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“Congratulations to our nuclear scientists for achieving criticality of Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant-3! This indigenously designed 700 MWe KAPP-3 reactor is a shining example of Make in India. And a trailblazer for many such future achievements!” he tweeted.
KAPP reactors are fully equipped with improved safety features and steam generators. The Kakrapar power plant consists of two 220 MW pressurised water reactor with heavy water as moderator. KAPP-1 went critical on September 3, 1999, and it began commercial electricity production from 1993. KAPP-2 attained criticality in September 2018. Construction of units 3 and 4 started in November 2010.
BHEL also tweeted announcing its proud association with the project.
BHEL is honoured to be associated with Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant-3 and the indigenous nuclear power sector on this momentous occasion. Moving forward with the nation’s initiative towards #AtmaNirbhar Bharat@PMOIndia @PrakashJavdekar @arjunrammeghwal @heindustry https://t.co/jVnGC3jx8A
— Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (@BHEL_India) July 22, 2020
Home Minister Amit Shah also lauded the effoorts of the scientists in achieving this stellar feat.
Big Day in India’s Nuclear history as indigenously designed 700 MWe Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant-3 in Gujarat achieved criticality.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 22, 2020
Congratulatory messages have started pouring in from all quarters over this stupendous ‘Make In India’ feat.
(With ANI inputs)
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